Jaggery is a traditional sweetener made by evaporating raw sugarcane juice without separating the molasses from the crystals. The common name in India is " Gur ". It is softer and has lot of nutritious content. It contains trace minerals and vitamins which makes it a true healthy alternative sweetener. Organic jaggery contains trace minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and calcium. The benefits of jaggery includes its ability to cleanse our body ,acts as a digestive agent , as a sweetener for our food in a healthy manner and provide good amount of minerals.
Jaggery has Multiple Health Benefits as :
Sweetener : Not only it adds sweetness but also gives some extra burst of taste.
Instant Energy : Jaggery is a storehouse of carbohydrates , which go inside our body and boost the energy level. It has complex carbohydrates that take time to get dissolved, absorbed and assimilated in our system, thus gradually releasing energy. This provides energy for a more extended period without increasing sugar level in body.
Digestive Agent : Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes and itself changes to acetic acid in the stomach, thereby speeding up digestion and making the process go very smooth, reducing strain on the intestines and digestive tract.
Cleansing Agent : Jaggery effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, lungs, food pipe, stomach and intestines. It pulls out dust and unwanted particles from the body, while also giving relief from constipation, perhaps due to presence of fiber in it. Reducing constipation and stimulating the movement of the bowels further cleanses the body of the toxins which jaggery just cleaned out and prepared for excretion.
Blood Purifier : It's cleansing properties helps in purifying the blood as well. Since it is rich in iron content , it helps in the production of blood. This makes it extremely good for those who are anemic or have problems related to the production of red blood cells.
Good for Skin and Hair : Due to its blood purifying properties, jaggery ensures the health of one?s tresses. It also helps to treat pimples and imparts a healthy glow to the skin.
Weight Loss : Jaggery has storehouse of essential minerals including potassium. It helps to control the retention of water in your body. High level of vitamins and minerals in jaggery helps to maintain electrolyte balance and improve metabolism.These two important factors helps to reduce weight loss.
Joint Pain Reliever : When consumed with ginger, acts as a perfect joint pain reliever. It even makes the muscles stronger.
Warming Effect : As it contains carbohydrates that take time to get digested, it provides warmth to the body.
Increases Immunity : It is loaded with antioxidants and minerals which help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections.